This extension tour package, which starts and ends in Fukuoka, is ideal for exploring Kyushu at your own pace. Hiring a car is an great way to explore this southern island of Kyushu: the roads are quiet, and the freedom of having a car allows you to linger where you wish – our itinerary is a suggestion to inspire you.
Kyushu is famous for its volcanoes and hot springs, and this tour visits the best hot spring towns of Beppu, Kurakawa and Unzen. The emphasis is on Japanese-style accommodation too: enjoy staying in traditional ryokan with a tatami-mat floor, sleeping on futons, and many ryokan have their own hot spring bathing facilities. Take in Mt.Aso, one of the largest volcanoes in the world: it is an active volcano but you can take the cablecar right to the summit and peer into the crater itself, conditions permitting. And a tour in Kyushu would not be complete without a visit to Kumamoto, which boasts a magnificent castle from the Edo period, carefully restored.
- Beppu, Kurakawa & Unzen: Japan’s best hot spring towns
- Mt.Aso & Mt.Unzen: active volcanoes
- Amakusa Island and Karatsu coast: scenic driving routes
- Stay in traditional Japanese-style inns
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Day 1 : Fukuoka
Stay overnight at the Hakata Miyako Hotel in Fukuoka.
Day 2 : Fukuoka – Beppu
Pick up your car in Fukuoka and start your journey. Drive to Yaba-kei, a valley in the Fukuoka and Oita prefecture’s border. Travel to Beppu, the largest hot spring town in western Japan to stay overnight at the Seifu, a Japanese-style inn.
Day 3 : Beppu – Kurokawa
A short drive to Kurokawa Onsen, a town with a beautiful Japanese garden and one of the best-preserved castles. Stay overnight at the Yumerindo, a Japanese-style inn.
Day 4 : Kurokawa – Mt.Aso
Drive to. Mt Aso, arguably the largest volcanoes in the world. Stay overnight at the Arden Hotel, a Japanese-style inn.
Day 5 : Mt.Aso – Kumamoto
(In the early morning, why not take a balloon ride to see the entire area?) Drive to Kumamoto, a town with a beautiful Japanese garden and a large and impressive castle. Stay overnight at the Kumamoto Castle Hotel or similar.
Day 6 : Kumamoto – Amakusa Island – Unzen
Drive on the coastline to Amakusa island and cross the Ariake sea to Unzen, a hot spring town at the foot of an active volcano. Stay overnight at the Toyokan, a Japanese-style inn.
Day 7 : Unzen – Nagasaki
Drive to Nagasaki and stay for 2 nights at the Monterey Hotel or similar.
Day 8 : Nagasaki
Free at leisure in Nagasaki, or make a day trip to Gunkan-jima (the “battleship island”) a former coal mining island and remarkable historic site.
Day 9 : Nagasaki – Imari – Karatsu
Drive to Imari, a well-known pottery town in Saga prefecture. Stay overnight at the beautiful coastal city of Karatsu, at the Royal Hotel (Japanese room including dinner and breakfast).
Day 10 : Karatsu – Fukuoka
Drive to Fukuoka city to return your car.
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Total package price is a “from” price, and is subject to availability of accommodation on the requested dates of travel. Alternatives or upgrades are available.
- 9 nights accommodation in Kyushu at the hotels indicated: 1 night in Fukuoka, 1 in Beppu (ryokan with dinner), 1 in Kurokawa (ryokan with dinner), 1 in Mt.Aso (ryokan with dinner), 1 in Kumomoto, 1 in Unzen (ryokan with dinner), 2 in Nagasaki and 1 in Karatsu (ryokan with dinner)
- 10 days car hire (compact-size car)
- Any sightseeing, excursions, guiding or entrance fees
- Travel Insurance
- Any meals and beverages not shown in the above itinerary
- Incidental costs such as personal laundry, drinks, snacks
- Passport and other visa document fees (UK citizens do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days in Japan)
- Any excess baggage (over 23kg on Economy flights)